BirdWatching Daily – Lake Jackson sinkhole opens birding hotspot in Florida

I spotted the raptors before I saw the Lake Jackson sinkhole. Osprey and Turkey Vultures wheeled in tight circles above a small pool of water, surrounding by the sloping sides of what had been the lake bottom. I walked to the edge, shielding my eyes against the bright summer sun to take in a Wood Stork probing the mud for prey, and nearly a dozen other vultures sitting on exposed earth, perhaps digesting bellies full of fish that hadn’t made it when a hole opened in the limestone shelf and drained the lake.

Now, the sinkhole and surrounding lake depression have become a birding hotspot. 

A Wood Stork feeds near the sinkhole.

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